Special test provisions

Applicants may request special test provisions because of a disability, medical or behavioural condition or injury.  Supporting documentation is usually required.

If your child has a disability or condition that could affect his or her performance on the test, you can ask for special test provisions when you apply. You must provide supporting documentation such as a medical certificate or diagnostic document, if you are requesting special test provisions.

Parents must disclose medical information if life-saving medication is required. Test supervisors may not be trained in first aid or administration of medication. Parents may be required to wait outside the test centre if their child might need such medication during the test. They must report to the school office before the test, to show identification and be shown where to wait.

Special provisions will not normally be granted if a student does not require them in class. However, students will not necessarily receive the same provisions as granted for other tests. The high performing students unit may contact the school or applicant to discuss the request.

The applicant, student's current public primary school principal and the person in charge of the test will be advised in writing of any special provisions granted for the test.

Students with disabilities or behavioural or medical conditions will be given special consideration by selection committees.

Examples of special provisions

Some possible test provisions for disabilities, medical or behavioural conditions include:

  • large print test papers
  • FM transmitters
  • test papers printed on a specific colour
  • separate seating or a seat at the front
  • closer supervision
  • showing answers in the question booklet instead of the answer sheet
  • medications or equipment to be taken to the test centre.

Students cannot be given extra time or a person to read or write for them and they cannot use computers for the test.

The Unit has the discretion to refuse to test any student with the potential to exhibit behaviour which may intimidate or cause harm to supervisors or other students unless parents are prepared to make themselves available to immediately remove the student from the test centre if required.

The Unit will try to assist in unforeseeable emergency situations such as a broken arm just before the test. However, special test provisions for existing conditions cannot be modified or added to after Thursday 21 February 2019. Special test provisions requested after 21 February 2019 cannot be guaranteed.

It is important that any special provisions granted maintain the academic rigour of the exam and do not give an advantage to a student.

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